Eastern State PenitentiaryCurrently Open [Closes at 05:00 pm]
- Address: 2027 Fair mount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130, United States
- Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
- Phone: 1215-2363300
- Ticket Price: 12 USD
- Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
- Tags: Landmark, Family And Kids
This was probably one of the world’s most influential prisons. When it was built, it was the largest publicly managed building ever. It’s famous for its wagon wheel design – something that prisons in the US and the world over came to adopt. Though it claimed that it was setting the way for better prisoner reform, it’s today widely reviled as a spot where brutal torture was inflicted on prisoners for various infractions. The idea was to reform prisoners through a strict policy of solitary confinement and isolation – an idea that was abandoned as the prison became too crowded. Visitors are on tour tend to go visit the historic cell blocks, especially Al Capone’s restored 19th-century cell. Other exhibits outline thrilling escapes and surprisingly – some rather terrific art. A national historic landmark now, the spooky corridors of this place make it one of the most visited buildings in the country. In Halloween especially the Terror in The Walls event is said to be one of the best haunted house experience in the country!
- Visit on Halloween.
- Senior Citizens (62+): USD10
- Students: USD 8
- Kids (Age 7 - 12): USD 8
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93.13% of people who visit Philadelphia include Eastern State Penitentiary in their plan
1 PM - 2 PM
80.77% of people start their Eastern State Penitentiary visit around 1 PM - 2 PM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Eastern State Penitentiary
78.6% of people prefer walking in order to reach Eastern State Penitentiary
Excellent place to visit! Staff is very friendly and helpful! The prices are really not bad to get in. Kids under 6 are free which is very fair. The kids also get to participate in a scavenger hunt and get to earn a prize at the end. All the staff members were very knowledgeable. It is a huge place tons of information so make sure you have enough time to go through it. I took my kids 4 and 6 and they loved it. It was a lot of walking and it is cold so make sure you have jacket if you go in the winter. Really is an Interesting place a lot of fun to visit!
A neat alternative for something historical but different from Independence Hall! Only a few blocks from the Art Museum and the Rocky Steps. They break each hallway "block" into different centuries, which is an interesting way to see the changes in prison culture. Feel like it was an hour and $20 well spent.
My son and I went on a daytime tour. It was really interesting. Steve Buscemi is the narrator on the audio tour - which was a great choice by the prison. Spent just over an hour there. Easy to get to and a public parking lot is just next door. Reasonably priced - even the gift shop. Definitely recommend.
Went on a regular day and it was an interesting experience. Returned for a Halloween night and it met all my expectations. Awesome place to visit... specially on Halloween!
Interesting destination with lots of local history. Al Capone's cell is probably the most iconic part of the tour. Audio tour is included in the price of admission and takes the tour to the next level. The temporary exhibit was eye opening and the worldwide stats on crime were educational. Not as interesting as Alcatraz but wouldn't expect it to be.